When you present an honor or gift to someone, you bestow it, which is the same as giving it, but often classier and more respectful.

  • Pronunciation: /bɪ'sto/
  • English description:  give, especially as an honor or reward
  • Synonyms: confer
  • Chinese Translation:  授予(shou4 yu3)
  • Spanish Translation: otorgar
  • ORIGIN: Bestow comes from the Middle English stowen, "to place." Placing something really valuable or honoring in the hands of another, or conferring a position of responsibility on them, is to bestow it. For example, "She gave her teacher a ceramic apple she had made, knowing that her whole class would bestow the big honor of Teacher of the Year later that day," or, "The king praised her for working with the poor, and he would later bestow the medal of honor on her in a ceremony."


  • Unlike wedding gifts, which bestow on two adults nicer versions of household items they already own, baby gifts are actually necessary.
  • Or will it rush to bestow the coveted prize on one of the many aging favorites?

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